Cambodian for Beginners App for Android

The best guide to learning beginning Khmer is now an Android Smartphone app. Learn to speak Cambodian from Paiboon Publishing, the most trusted name in language learning materials.

This support page provides an introduction to the app, demonstrates how it works, an explanation of the Cambodian language and a link to our Guide to Pronunciation.

1) Advantages of Cambodian for Beginners App

  • Hearing the spoken Cambodian will help you increase the speed of learning the language that no book alone can do.
  • Paiboon’s system of transliteration shows you how the Cambodian words are pronounced using English letters so you don’t have to be able to read the Cambodian script.
  • Follows a clear step-by-step instruction, which builds on what has previously been learned.
  • Test your ability to hear and understand Cambodian with the built-in interactive exercises.
  • This app allows you to learn Cambodian to a great degree before you exhaust its usefulness, since it even teaches how to read the Cambodian script. Money well spent.
  • You’ll find many new opportunities to practice your Cambodian since your Android device will be with you all the time.

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2) Introduction to the Cambodian for Beginners App

Cambodian for Beginners app is designed for people who are just starting to study the Cambodian language and for those who want to improve their basic Cambodian. It teaches the language skills of speaking, listening and reading.

Each of the ten lessons provides Vocabulary and Sentences and an in-depth study of a specific subject. Information is also provided on Useful Words and Phrases and a Summary of the Cambodian Writing System.

Every item is presented in three ways: the Cambodian spelling, a transliteration and a definition in English. In addition, a native Cambodian speaker says the word, or phrase so you can hear the actual, correct pronunciation.

The transliteration system assists you with pronunciation while you are learning the Cambodian alphabet. It’s important that you learn to properly pronounce the sounds of the Cambodian language.

This app is based on Paiboon Publishing’s Cambodian for Beginners book, which provides additional exercises and an excellent guide to writing Cambodian. It is highly recommended that you get a copy of the book to supplement your study with this app. You don’t need to buy the audio CDs since you have all the spoken Cambodian phrases right here on your app.

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3) Key Features

  • This app teaches you the language skills of speaking, listening and reading Cambodian.
  • The lessons follow the format of the Cambodian for Beginners book, but a real Cambodian person speaks the words and phrases.
  • Hear a phrase over and over until you can say it correctly. Just click on it.
  • Test your ability to hear and understand Cambodian with the built-in interactive exercises. You can retake the exercises after studying and improve your score.
  • An advanced level feature allows you to turn off the automatic spoken word so you can test your ability to read the Cambodian script.

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4) Table of Contents

Pages 1 and 2 show the ten lessons in the Table of Contents for the app. In addition, the app has Useful Words and Phrases and information on the Cambodian Writing System.

Page 1

Page 2

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5) How it Works

Each lesson introduces new vocabulary, plus a list of sentences using all of the new vocabulary words. You listen to the native Cambodian speaker pronounce each word or phrase until you can speak it correctly. Lessons specialize on particular items such as, days of the week, telling time, numbers, food, parts of the body, occupations, animals and more.

Lesson 6 – Content Page

Lesson 6 – Month Names

Lesson 6 – Vocabulary

Lesson 6 – Sentences

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6) How to Learn a Lesson

Step 1 – This example shows how to learn new Cambodian words and phrases. When the application starts you will be presented with the Table of Contents screen as shown in Figure 1. We selected Lesson 1 from the Table of Contents. See Figure 2. You can choose to learn Vocabulary, Numbers or Sentences. Selecting the “Preview” button will allow you to learn new Cambodian words and phases.

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Figure 2

Step 2 – In our example we have selected the Preview button for “Vocabulary” as seen in Figure 3.

Step 3 – The list of items first shows the Cambodian script, then the transliteration of the word or phrase, and the third line is the English translation. Select the word or phrase you want to hear and the native Cambodian speaker will pronounce it correctly for you. You can hear the item spoken over and over until you can say it correctly.

Step 4 – When you are done learning the Vocabulary section, use the back button on your cell phone to return to the main page for Lesson 1, as seen in Figure 4.

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Figure 4

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7) How to Take the Exercises

Step 5 -To test yourself on any lesson, select the lesson you want take from the Table of Contents. In Figure 4 we have selected Lesson 1 and we will test our knowledge of the Vocabulary section.

We can choose to take an exercise with “Reading and Listening” where the word or phrase is spoken for us, or to make it harder we can select “Reading” only with no spoken word.

Step 6 – Figure 5 shows that we have selected the “Reading and Listening” exercise for Lesson 1 Vocabulary. Once you start the exercise you will be presented with one word or phrase with a multiple choice of answers. You need to select the correct response in the list of answers to proceed to the next item. In the upper right corner of the screen you will see what number you are on in the exercise. In Figure 5 we are on number 4 of 42 questions.

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Figure 6

Step 7 – Click on the question to hear the Cambodian word or phrase spoken. If you select a wrong answer the word will be spoken in Cambodian and highlighted in red color, as seen in Figure 6. You progress through the exercises to the last item.

The app will keep track of your answers and provide you with your score when you have finished the entire lesson. Your score will remain showing until you retake the entire test over and score a different number.

If you don’t compete the entire exercise the app will show a pink circle on that exercise next to the “play” button in figure 4. The next time you start the app this will allow you to resume where you left off or restart the exercise.

The “Reading” only exercise works the same way, but there is no Cambodian spoken voice. You must be able to read the Cambodian script to be able to select the correct answer.

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8) Cambodian Language Differences from English

The Cambodian language differs from English in many ways.  Here are the basics:

  • Adjectives follow noun – In Cambodian we say “dog big” (chgae tom) instead of “big dog.”
  • There are no verb conjugations in Cambodian. Even though there are official ways to classify tenses, they are not commonly used in practice. Tenses are understood from the context of the sentence or from other identifying words that indicate time.
  •  There are no articles (a, an, the)
  • There is no “to be” verb used with adjectives. “He is skinny” would be “He skinny.” (goat sgoom)
  • Written Cambodian is almost 100 percent phonetic.

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9) Guide to Cambodian Pronunciation

Paiboon Publishing’s Guide to Cambodian Pronunciation can be downloaded in PDF format ( Download Here ). It explains the structure of the Cambodian language and a description of the Paiboon system of transliteration used in the app to show how to pronounce Cambodian words using the English alphabet.

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10) Privacy Policy

Our Cambodian for Beginners app for Android operating systems does not collect any of your personal information. We do not have access to any of your personal information and therefore cannot and do not share it with any other entity. The only data that we store within the app is your exercise scores.

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11) About Box

You can access the About Box on your Android device when you are within the Cambodian for Beginners app at the table of contents. Select “menu” at the bottom of your device and you will see the “About Box.” When you select the “About Box” you can see the version of the software app and the link to this Support page and the Guide to Cambodian Pronunciation.

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10) Licensing FAQ

If you have questions about licensing issues please visit our Talking
Thai < > Eng Dictionary FAQ section at our Paiboon – Word in the Hand website.

*Please note that only the Licensing FAQ items apply to your Cambodian for Beginners app. All the other questions apply specifically to our Talking Thai < > Eng Dictionary app.

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